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Cheshunt Urgent Care Centre (Hertfordshire)

Volume 530: debated on Monday 20 June 2011

When coming here tonight, I received a text from Tony Siracusa, who said:

“Tonight, Charles, you’re our voice. Please continue to ensure we are heard in the House of Commons.”

I intend to do that this evening.

Before I present the petition I should like to thank Paul Mason, the leader of Broxbourne council, who organised an excellent march in support of the urgent care centre about which I am petitioning tonight. I also thank our campaigning newspaper, the Mercury, and in particular Gemma Gardner and the editor Gary Matthews.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Broxbourne Borough and surrounding areas,

Declares that the decision taken by Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust to close Cheshunt Urgent Care Centre (UCC) fails to recognise the importance and value of the UCC to the local community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to use his offices to intervene in the matter to require the PCT to revisit its decision in regards to the UCC, and keep GP-led services operating at the site.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.